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Benson, Nessel visit driver’s license restoration clinic in Ypsilanti
May 10, 2022
Today, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel visited a Road to Restoration Clinic in Ypsilanti where their departments and numerous volunteer organizations helped Michiganders restore their driver’s licenses after new state laws lifted license suspensions for thousands of restricted drivers.
“This is another way we are making government work for Michiganders and bringing services directly to them,” said Benson. “By holding these clinics across the state we are helping residents restore their licenses so they can drive to work, pick their kids up from school, and more fully participate in their communities.”
On Oct. 1, 2021, new state laws lifted license suspensions for drivers who failed to pay tickets or court fines or failed to appear in court for certain non-moving and other violations. In the months following, MDOS canceled infractions on the driving records of more than 350,000 Michiganders. However, many individuals must take additional measures before their licenses are restored. MDOS mailed letters to all residents affected by the law change, explaining their current status and outlining additional action they must take before they can resume driving.
The Road to Restoration clinics, staffed by MDOS, the Department of the Attorney General and volunteer attorneys, help residents determine how they can restore their licenses and when possible provide the services they need to do so on site. They are made possible by numerous partner organizations including DTE Energy, Miller Canfield Law Firm, Dykema, Bodeman, Detroit Justice Center, and United Way, as well as location partners who provide the space for the clinics. The Ypsilanti clinic was hosted by Brown Chapel AME Church.
Clinics have previously been conducted in Detroit, Muskegon, and Grand Rapids and future clinics are scheduled for Pontiac, Flint and Grand Rapids.
Residents are encouraged to find more information and schedule an appointment at a future clinic at Michigan.gov/SOSCleanSlate.
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